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Dolores Beasley/Marta Metelko
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1753/1642)

Donald Savage
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, Md.
(Phone: 301/286-5511)

Ray Villard
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
(Phone: 410/338-4514)

June 17, 2005
NASA Announces New Hubble Observations
New observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST) will be presented by astronomers during a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 22.

A picture taken by Hubble has provided the most detailed visible-light image ever of a narrow, dusty ring around the nearby star Fomalhaut. It offers the strongest evidence yet, that an unruly and unseen planet could be gravitationally tugging on the ring. The findings will appear in the June 23 issue of Nature.

To participate, reporters should call: 888/694-8940 and provide passcode "HST." International reporters may call: +1/210/234-0014; and provide passcode "HST." At the start of the briefing, images and graphics will be posted on the Internet at:

Briefing participants:

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, panel moderator; NASA's HST Program Scientist
Dr. Paul Kalas, Assistant Research Astronomer, Astronomy Department, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Mark Clampin, Observatory Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope, GSFC
Dr. Jane Greaves, St. Andrews Fellow in Astrophysics, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland


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